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The Libre Services Manifesto

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The Libre Services Manifesto

Document Number: PLPC-100105   [ .bib ]
Version: 1.0
Dated: February 1, 2007
Group: LibreServices
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Author(s): Mohsen BANAN, Andrew Hammoude
Organization: Free Protocols Foundation


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Libre Services are an extension of the principles of free software into the Internet services domain. They are Internet services that can be freely copied and reused by anyone. Any company or organization can reproduce and host any Libre Service, either for its own use, or for commercial or non-commercial delivery to others. The Libre Services model exists in relation to the proprietary Internet services model of AOL, MSN, Yahoo and Google, in an analogous way to how GNU/Linux exists in relation to Microsoft Windows.

In essence, the Libre Services model represents a proposed definition of the free software ideology within the services domain. We have articulated the Libre model fully in the form of an industry paper titled, "Libre Services: a non-proprietary model for delivery of Internet services," available online at

The interested reader can choose to read more, or less, than this defining paper. For the reader wishing to read less, the key ideas are summarized in the form of a brief Executive Summary.

And for the reader wishing to read more, the Libre concept paper is itself part of a larger set of papers collectively called the "Libre Services Manifesto," describing every aspect of the Libre model, including a project-based model for collaborative participation and bootstrapping. The full manifesto is available at

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